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RDP7 blows away ICA!

on Thursday, 23 July 2009. Posted in Microsoft

On the second day at BriForum 2009 in Chicago Nelly Porter, Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft, shows what the new Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP7) can do for us, and it’s amazing! RDP7 is a core element of the Microsoft Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution and Remote Desktop Servers. This protocol provides users access to remote desktops and remote applications from any device. Not only Terminal Services but also other technologies such as I-phone, PDA, Media Center and even an X-Box! RDP is everywhere!

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The upcoming RDP 7 enhancements are as follows:

  • Windows 7 Aero support
  • Direct 2D & Direct 3D 10.1 application support
  • True multi-monitor support
  • RDP Core Performance Improvements
  • Multimedia enhancements
    • Media Foundation support
    • DirectShow support
  • Low Latency audio playback support
  • Bi-directional audio support

Virtual Desktop Support

One of the more interesting points, which is very compelling, was around virtual desktops. The point that today most virtual graphics adapters found on virtual desktops do not support truly rich DirectX and Direct 2D / 3D applications but with Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and RDP7, it won't matter due to the fact the features are built into the operating system (Windows 7) and do not require heavy use of the server side graphics driver. This also means it does not matter what hypervisor Windows 7 runs on. All you need is a virtual Windows 7 desktop along with the Desktop Client for RDP7 and the user experience will be all that and a bag of chips.

VMware and a slew of other desktop virtualization venders use RDP as the remoting protocol for their VDI solutions so in theory they will be able to take advantage of these upcoming features. But the problem is solutions such as VMware View (formally known as Virtual Desktop Manager (VDM)) have a custom client. This being said, the VDI brokers will be required to update their current clients to support the upcoming RDP 7 enhancements. Only the upcoming Microsoft Desktop Services connection broker will be able to take advantage of these features by default.


So where is ICA!?!



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